How many Times did Peter Deny Jesus during the Jewish Trial?
Jesus was captured because of the betrayal of his disciple, Judas Iscariot. Judas Iscariot sold Jesus to the enemies for 30 pieces of silver. He constantly looked out for an opportunity to deliver Jesus into the hands of the enemies from that time onwards. After the last supper, Jesus and his disciples sung a hymn and went to the Mount of Olives. Then, Jesus predicted that Peter would deny him 3 times before the rooster crows at night. Peter said that he will not disown him if he had to die and the rest of the disciples said the same (Matthew 26:31-35).
In John 13:36-38, Peter asked Jesus where is he going and Jesus replied where he goes he cannot come. Peter replied he want to follow him and lay down his life for him. Then, Jesus asked him if he really will lay down his life for him and predicted that the rooster will crow when he denied him 3 times. Jesus made the prediction about Peter’s denial to remind him of what he think about his strong area, and that is the courage to risk up his life for him.
Later that night, Jesus was arrested by the soldiers armed with swords and clubs. At this point, all the disciples were scattered. The soldiers were dispatched by the chief priests and elders to arrest Jesus. The soldiers brought Jesus to the high priest, Caiaphas. Peter followed the soldiers at a distance and entered into the courtyard of the high priest. The chief priest and the whole assembly of the Sanhedrin were present to provide false evidence about Jesus during the trial so that he could be put to death.
A servant girl came accused Peter was with Jesus when he was sitting in the courtyard. Peter defended himself by saying he did not know what he is talking about. After that, another servant girl told the people that he was with Jesus when he went out to the gateway. When he overheard this, he denied it, saying he did not know the man. Afterwards, the people standing there accused Peter as being a follower of Jesus because his accent sounds like one of them. At this, the rooster crowed. Suddenly, Peter remembered the prediction Jesus Christ made concerning him. He was guilty of disowning Jesus for 3 times and he went outside to weep bitterly.
Peter’s sin of lying gets more and more worse each time. Firstly, he merely lied by saying he don’t know who is Jesus. In the second time, he took an oath to his lie. In the third time, he begun to call down curses and swore that he did not know Jesus. Lying is a habit that will cause you to sin more. When you tell a lie, you may tell another lie to cover up your lie. Swearing is a sin since you don’t know what is going to happen in the future. We should simply let our “yes” be “yes” and “no” be “no”.
But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. (Matthew 10:33 KJV)
Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works (Matthew 16:24-27 KJV)
Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad. But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee. Peter answered and said unto him, Though all men shall be offended because of thee, yet will I never be offended. Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. Peter said unto him, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee. Likewise also said all the disciples. (Matthew 26:31-35 KJV)
And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world (1 John 4:3 KJV)
Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. (1 John 2:22 KJV)
Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. (1 John 2:18 KJV)
Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight. (Proverbs 12:22 KJV)
A man that beareth false witness against his neighbour is a maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow. (Proverbs 25:18 KJV)
Be not a witness against thy neighbour without cause; and deceive not with thy lips. (Proverbs 24:28 KJV)
The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment. (Proverbs 12:19 KJV)
These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren. (Proverbs 16:16-19 KJV)
If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them. But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all. Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. (Colossians 3:1-17 KJV)